How Israel Became A Technology Startup Nation

The State of Israel has welcomed the opportunity to self-style itself as a technology startup nation. Scotland coined the term Silicon Glen to denote its tech growth zone just outside Edinburgh and beyond, Utah has Silicon Slopes and Dubai has Silicon Oasis. Logically enough then, Israel went for Silicon Wadi as the term to symbolize the location of its tech business hub, with the term ‘wadi’ meaning dry desert river bed in Arabic and colloquial Hebrew. But why should Israel have shown its mettle in the tech market? What drove this region…

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Government to take ‘technology over taxation’ approach to climate change

‘Very speculative’: Scott Morrison has not confirmed reports he may adopt a technology investment target to avoid signing up to a commitment of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Photograph: David Crosling/EPA Scott Morrison has described a report he may adopt a technology investment target to avoid signing up to a commitment of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as speculation, but confirmed his government will take a “technology over taxation” approach to climate change. On Tuesday, Morrison told reporters in Melbourne the report in the Australian was “very speculative”, but said it…

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Bringing a paradigm shift in Indian Higher Education

Founded in 2015, Sunstone Eduversity has a vision of creating industry-ready professionals with its unique pedagogy and technology-enabled education delivery.  It partners with existing colleges who have a well-equipped infrastructure to run and manage our management program by leveraging the use of modern-day technology and thus ensuring that the students are provided with the highest level of education quality across all our campuses. All the students are imparted with the desired skills that are in sync with the corporate environment and are given practical training on various corporate domains that exist…

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Muthoot Finance shares jump over 7% on strong Q3 results; NIM at 17.1% highest in 12 quarters

Shares of Muthoot Finance ltd jumped over 7 percent on Monday, buoyed by a strong third quarter performance. The gold finance company’s shares quoted at Rs 792.35 apiece, up 6.3 percent on BSE at 9.36 am. The stock opened at Rs 774, up over 3.5 percent from its Friday’s close of Rs 746.60. The stock surged to a new 52-week high of Rs 801.70 per share. So far this year, the stock has gained nearly 3 percent, while the one year return on the stock is more than 50 percent…

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Technology Will Aid Compliance With CRE Environmental Regs

Jake Fingert, general partner at Washington, D.C.-based Camber Creek CAMBER CREEK Many industries are confronting increasing pressures to reduce energy consumption. The commercial real estate industry is no exception. Among the most daunting recent hurdles is the new climate change bill in New York City. It mandates a four-fifths cut in carbon emissions emanating from buildings within the next 30 years. The problem? Today’s most advanced technology is able to slash energy utilization by less than half (46 percent). Current smart energy management systems can take energy conservation efforts only…

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Education startup helps students who are pursuing liberal arts get skills to compete in tech industry

The Adjacent Academies team, from left: Anh M. Nguyen, CEO; Malena Harrang, senior manager of business operations; Shireen Campbell, professor and Chair of English, Davidson College; Kristen Eshleman, director of Innovation Initiatives, Davidson College; and Jesse Farmer, lead instructor, Adjacent. (Adjacent Academies Photo) College students who want to pursue the liberal arts subjects they’re passionate about can still get the technical training they need to compete in a job market that demands those skills thanks to the Seattle startup Adjacent Academies. Founded in 2019, Adjacent is the brainchild of San Francisco-based…

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The impact LiFi will have on technology

Our increasingly connected world is in the midst of a huge problem: a rapidly growing number of users, devices and services competing for a limited radio frequency (RF) spectrum. The issue is that this spectrum, which includes 3G, 4G, 5G, WiFi and Bluetooth, is a finite resource, with analysts anticipating that it will cover only 5% of capacity demand in the coming years. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Alistair Banham is CEO at pureLiFi. Cue ‘LiFi’, a technology that uses part of the visible light portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to transmit information at very high…

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How to travel to Cuba (Yes, you can!)

“I’d love to go to Cuba — but the sanctions are back on, so I guess I can’t,” a friend of mine opined recently after perusing my Instagram pics of the trip to the famed Caribbean island over New Year’s. This is not an uncommon sentiment. Ever since President Trump reinstituted trade, commercial and economic embargoes against Cuba in 2018, American travel to the country has dropped precipitously — but you can still go. In fact, airlines like Jet Blue, Delta, Southwest and American Airlines have direct flights from cities like New…

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Coronavirus: Your travel rights explained

The coronavirus is now spreading well beyond China. Travellers returning from nine Asian countries and destinations are being advised by Public Health England to avoid contact with other people if they show certain symptoms. In addition to China, the Public Heath England list includes Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. Holiday companies and airlines are still taking people to these countries, while insurers say travel policies are unlikely to cover cancellations – except to China. Travel agents, tour operators and airlines are being contacted by…

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China theft of technology is biggest law enforcement threat to US, FBI says

A lamp post outside the White House is adorned with Chinese and US national flags in Washington. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images The FBI on Thursday identified China as the biggest law enforcement threat to the United States, and its director said Beijing was seeking to steal American technology by “any means necessary”. The FBI director, Christopher Wray, told a conference the bureau currently had about 1,000 investigations open into Chinese technology theft across its 56 regional offices. The agency’s counterintelligence chief, John Brown, said the bureau arrested 24 people in 2019 in…

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